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Sidney TeamMates looking for volunteers


Dave Faries

TeamMates mentor Mary Uhlir plays a game with Andrea.

When TeamMates mentor Rhonda Douglas shoots hoops with Allie, a Sidney middle school student, the outcome is predictable.

"Allie usually wins," Douglas admits.

Fortunately for the mentor's self-esteem, the pair only occasionally take to the court. For the most part they meet for lunch, read books or look up information on the Internet.

TeamMates, a program started by the legendary coach Tom Osborne, pairs volunteer mentors with young people looking for someone willing to listen. They meet at least once a week during school hours to talk, play games, read or just share stories.

"We talk, pla...

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